10 May 2011,

Liverpool & Sefton LIFTCo - South Liverpool NHS Treatment Centre Opens to the Public

The new South Liverpool NHS Treatment Centre on Church Road, Garston, has opened to the public offering a wide range of services.

Overview of services:

NHS Walk-in Centre: treatment for minor injuries and illnesses
Drop-in sexual health service: for advice, counselling and information
Audiology services
Blood testing
Electrocardiogram (ECG)
Children's Health

Also on offer are a wide range of community clinics and specialist treatments, including Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), gynaecology, dermatology, urology, dietetics (food and nutrition advice), mental health, and intravenous (IV) therapy.

The new centre will also house a pharmacy and the Can Cook Community Café.

Local people have played an important role in the development of the new Treatment Centre. Working with Garston Historical Society, builders were able to retain some key architectural features from the previous building so that they could also be used in the Sir Alfred Jones Memorial Garden. This is situated in the courtyard of the new structure.

During the demolition of the old hospital a time capsule was discovered buried in the foundation stone, containing memorabilia and newspaper articles dating back to 1914. A new time capsule will be buried under the portico from the old building in the Memorial Garden.

It will contain items contributed from Garston Historical Society, including books and pictures detailing information on the history of Garston. Pupils at Sudley Junior School have collected memories and information relating to their past, present and future to be included in the capsule, which will be buried in the new site.

Liverpool-based arts organisation Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) has worked with local groups to develop public artwork for the Treatment Centre, which are displayed in the waiting space, atrium and courtyard. FACT were involved in designing the courtyard garden, which includes plants from Liverpool's historic Botanical Collection, and have also helped a number of local groups to develop three films which are on show inside the building.

For further infomration please contact Liverpool & Sefton LIFTCo